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About the Maple Leafs - 01-23-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Rangers.

When and where: 7 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports, TSN, RDS2.

Record: 1-1-0, 2 points. The Maple Leafs are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and fourth place in the Northeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Nazem Kadri (right), 2 points (2 goals, 0 assists).

Last Game: 2-1 home loss to the Sabres, Monday. Ben Scrivens made 20 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 road loss, March 7, 2012. Pascal Dupuis had two goals and an assist for the Penguins.

Maple Leafs Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Clarke MacArthur. He has scored in six consecutive games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Maple Leafs : Randy Carlyle, head coach.

Ex-Maple Leafs on the Penguins: None.

Useless Maple Leafs Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Former Penguins defenseman Tim Horton holds the Maple Leafs' record for consecutive games played at 468.

Best Maple Leafs Video We Could Find: Toronto's Joffrey Lupul is popular in Nashville:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .963 SV% in 2011-12) for the Penguins. James Reimer (14-14-4, 3.10 GAA, .900 SV% in 2011-12) for the Maple Leafs.

Injuries: For the Penguins, they are reporting no injuries. For the Maple Leafs, defenseman Jake Gardiner (head/neck) is questinable.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Brandon Sutter - Tyler Kennedy
Tanner Glass - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Matt Niskanen - Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik - Paul Martin
Simon Despres - Deryk Engelland

-The Maple Leafs' expected lines and defensive pairings are:

Clarke MacArthur - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul - Nazem Kadri - Leo Momarov
James van Riemsdyk - Mikhail Grabovski - Nikolai Kulemin
Colton Orr - Jay McClement - Mike Brown

Dion Phaneuf - Michael Kostka
John-Michael Liles - Cody Franson
Carl Gunnarsson - Mike Komisarek

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Maple Leafs, the "Rich Pilon" statue was unveiled:

-Marc-Andre Fleury has 22 career shutouts. He needs one more to surpass goaltender Tom Barrasso for most in franchise history.

-Crosby has 610 career points. He needs four more to surpass Ron Francis (613) for fourth-most in franchise history.

-Engelland has 198 career penalty minutes.

-The Penguins have a 23-12-9 record all-time in home openers.

-van Riemsdyk has 99 career points.

-Phaneuf has 97 career goals.

-Our live blog, direct from Consol Energy Center, begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Kadri-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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